Q. I have 29 years of federal service and am 50 and under FERS.
If I am involuntarily separated by a reduction in force at age 50, do I get the FERS Social Security bridge along with my Discontinued Service Retirement, or do I have to wait until I turn 56 to collect the bridge portion of my retirement? Does this start automatically with the DSR, or do I have to apply for the bridge with SSA when I am 56?
A. If you retire, you’ll be eligible for the special retirement supplement when you reach your minimum retirement age, 56. On the other hand, if you simply separate from the service, you won’t be entitled to an annuity until you apply for a deferred retirement at age 60, and you won’t be entitled to the special retirement supplement.